Fast Facts

Philadelphia University is a private institution of higher learning committed to providing an experiential education and is recognized as a leader in the architecture, design, engineering, business, textiles, and health and sciences fields. The University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Philadelphia University’s curriculum encompasses a solid liberal studies foundation with professional education through its three colleges: the College of Architecture and the Built Environment; the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce; and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts. The University offers more than 60 areas of study leading to the bachelor’smaster’s and doctoral degrees.

Philadelphia University graduates’ career placement rate in major-related jobs has consistently been above approximately 90 percent within the last few months of graduation, over the last twenty years.

Philadelphia University recruits internationally resulting in a student body that is academically, geographically, culturally and economically diverse. Undergraduate and graduate students who attend the University are from 38 states and 30 countries.

As a small, private university, Philadelphia University maintains an average class of size of 18 and a 12:1 student/faculty ratio that enables close relationships between faculty and students. The University has 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students.

The University’s 100-acre campus in the East Falls section of Philadelphia includes more than 50 buildings, ranging from historic Victorian mansions to contemporary classroom, library and residential facilities. The latest additions – The Kanbar Campus Center, a 72,000 square-foot social hub for students, faculty and staff; the Center for Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design; and The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center – have transformed our main campus and will have a dramatic impact on the academic and social environment for all members of the University Community.

Philadelphia University houses more than 20 laboratories and studios for hands-on experience in architecture and interior design, engineering, textile design, fashion design, graphic design, industrial design, physician assistant studies, biology, chemistry, physics and computer technologies.

The Philadelphia University Research Center, located in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia in a restored 1864 textile mill, opened in May of 2005 and houses The Engineering and Design Institute (a partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners) and The Laboratory for Engineered Human Protection (LEHP).

The campus is wired with a sophisticated network directly to the desktop providing campus-wide file-transfer capability, personal directories, email and high-speed Internet access. The campus’ advanced technology also provides voicemail and cable television to anyone living in the residence halls, townhouses or apartments.

Philadelphia University is a member of the CACC conference at the following levels:  NCAA Division II Men's Baseball,BasketballCross CountryGolfSoccerRowingTrack and Tennis, and Women's BasketballCross Country, Lacrosse,RowingSoccerSoftballTennisTrack and Volleyball.

Philadelphia University was founded in 1884 as Philadelphia Textile School, by a group of textile manufacturers who noticed a difference in the quality and variety of American textile products and those from Europe. In 1941, it changed its name to Philadelphia Textile Institute and in 1961 it became known as Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

Having been awarded university status by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on July 13, 1999, it officially changed its name to Philadelphia University and is the first and only private university in the U.S. named exclusively after the city of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia University is located fifteen minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia and has a satellite campus in Bucks County.